NHL Conference Futures: Lightning and Blues at the top

We’re six weeks to the NHL season and we’ve got some movement for who can win their respective conferences, on top. Teams such as Tampa Bay and St. Louis have left their mark and have put the league on notice with their play. I’ll be providing my updates on where groups discuss and stand my input on teams’ chances to make the Stanley Cup final. It seems like I have been speaking for six weeks. The Bolts have been hands-down the best team in the league, together with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov light up the league at the top two point scorers. Opening at +750 at Bovada, the Lightning can be needed for +333 and a lot will go wrong from now before the Stanley Cup final, no one should hate on you for dropping some loot on Tampa.
Pittsburgh started as the East favorite at +375 and although they’ve been up-and-down to start the year (now fifth in the East), Sid the Kid and his team know when to turn it on and could easily go on a run to get their third consecutive Stanley Cup. The Penguins could be obtained for +550 and the reason for bettors to pause continues to be their defense this season. Pittsburgh is allowing 3.6 goals per game and is the sole possible playoff team with a negative goal differential in a whopping -17. Yikes!
If you’re searching for an adversary (with value) to dethrone Pittsburgh, look no farther than the Big Apple. The Rangers opened the season at +2300 and bettors who got them at those chances must be salivating in their chances of a payout. The Rangers have won six in a row (8-2 SU at the previous 10) after an abysmal October and are now valued at +1400.
The real shocker is New Jersey. Opening at +4500, the Devils have made the biggest leap — after being ranked dead last to win the East — to +1400. Devils rookies Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt and Will Butcher have been outstanding to Begin the season and have pushed the Devils into next in the East. Martin Brodeur isn’t currently walking through the doorway but they may make some noise come playoff time.

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